The definition of "adaptogen" is a bit nebulous and I would know because I penned this entire feature on the term. It originally traces back to a pharmacologist named Nikolai Lazarev who first used it in 1947. He stated that an adaptogen refers to any substance that theoretically “adapts” to what your body needs and helps protect against various stressors. Simply put, adaptogen fanatics tend to be pretty obsessed with achieving homeostasis, or balance in the body. As it turns out, that's precisely what many people cite as a primary benefit of cannabis. But is cannabis—specifically compounds like CBD, CBN, and THC—adaptogenic too?
So, Is Cannabis an Adaptogen?
Some believe that adaptogens continually restore the body's natural balance by slowing systems down when they’re overheating and speeding them up when they’re sluggish. Some, such as the renowned ashwaghanda root, can even calm and energize simultaneously, according to its proponents. (Maybe that's why I love to exercise with some sativa?)
Likewise, there are some who categorize cannabis—specifically the compounds in the cannabis plant known as cannabinoids, like CBD and THC—as adaptogens. Take ethnobotanist Chris Kilham, who told Sensi Magazine that "cannabinoids regulate the